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Bengals TE Tyler Kroft may avoid season-ending surgery for foot injury

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It now sounds like Tyler Kroft could return at some point in 2018.

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UPDATE: During Monday’s meeting with the media, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis revealed that tight end Tyler Kroft should return at some point in 2018.

It’s still unclear how severe the injury is, but Kroft was set to meet with a specialist about it to determine whether he needed season-ending surgery. The Bengals are currently down to C.J. Uzomah and Mason Schreck at tight end, so the sooner Kroft can return the better. The team also signed Matt Lengel last week to add to the unit.

Now two weeks removed from tight end Tyler Eifert’s season-ending ankle injury, the Bengals could be getting more bad news at the position.

Tyler Kroft left last week’s game against the Dolphins with a foot injury, and after a week of rest, he could be looking at season-ending surgery, per Adam Schefter.

Kroft missed practice all week and was sighted using a walking boot and scooter early last week. The team signed tight end Matt Lengel to presumably take Kroft’s place on the active roster, but Lengel may be sticking around for a longer period of time than they expected.

It’s now looking like keeping last year’s seventh-round pick Mason Schreck on the roster was a great decision, as he is now the team’s second tight end behind veteran C.J. Uzomah. Schreck missed all of last season with a knee injury and saw his first snaps just last week. Uzomah was always going to be Eifert’s backup, and now Schreck looks to be Kroft’s backup for potentially the remainder of the season.